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MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

Grand Prix Pinnacle

asks the question: who’s the gp rider ever?

by Toby

Friday, May 21, 2004

I don’t about you but, in my house, is one motorcycle-racing-related conversation that seems to get the most mileage. started by that one question can stop an afternoon … in its

Who is the best Grand Prix we have ever seen?

sure you’ve had the self-same around the dinner table or bar or out by the barbecue in the heat of summer, The seems to have endless and it’s a conversation that has so layers and opinions to it, it’s impossible to get a resolution.

When you can off a list of names like Read, Agostini, Sheene, Spencer, Lawson, Rainey, Doohan, Gardner, Mamola, and it’s always going to be a call.

As you get into the conversation, you realize the whole thing as simple as just naming favorite rider from the list of talent that has the Grand Prix grids the ages. It’s tougher that because the subject to go off on a tangent while you try to compare consider those classic challenge the depth of the field at points in history and then are the inevitable ifs, ands, and maybe’s of who would have, who have, and who nearly did.

we wait for round four at I thought I would indulge you my take on the subject of legends and moments.

For part one, we start a look predominately at the 1960’s, a era in Grand Prix and feature the influential surrounding facts and and associated scenarios. I wasn’t of course, but through research and of old footage, I opine the following:

The and Early 70’s:

It’s a call to compare riders different eras, as there is so more to the debate than what the rider stats us. If you were to try and compare Hailwood or to Rossi, for example, the gaping in surroundings would make it to get a fair assessment. Although all are undeniably racing geniuses, the technological, political and exposure-based Rossi operates within is a far cry the situation that Mike the and Ago found themselves in back in the 50’s for Hailwood, the 60’s for and for Agostini in the 70’s.

Mike for example, whose Grand career started in 1958, in three races a day for many The 250cc, 350cc and 500cc being the mainstay for Hailwood 1962 and 1965, five in his career, he won all three classes in one

He had MV Agusta, Ducati, Honda, and Mondial to name but a few makes of underneath him during his career, and he win on racetracks more akin to a road around a town to the state-of-the-art facilities Rossi in the singularly competed MotoGP

Hailwood also didn’t the help that Rossi has all the trappings and assistance that the of World Champion affords the in the modern era of Grand Prix. would get off one bike and onto the different in size, in set-up of course, power and just run off or four laps to get himself in, then go win the race. Incredible.

In to his Grand Prix wins, won the Isle of Man TT 14 times, a feat some would say is the real of a truly diverse champion, for the modern racer, it’s not a that would be allowed by Grand Prix employer.

won the first of his 14 TT’s in 1961 and the first rider to win three in one week. He won the Lightweight 125 and Lightweight 250 on Hondas, the first victories by the marque, and the 500cc Senior on a Norton. Hailwood went on to win the TT from 1963 to 1967, the three on MV machinery, and the last two on the Hondas.

In addition, he won two Junior races, one each on an MV and a Honda, and two Lightweight 250cc races on Honda machinery. It doesn’t get any diverse than that.

His of Man wins included two successive in 1978 and 1979 after out of retirement at 38 years of age after 11 away from the sport. had moved to four-wheeled sport his retirement from motorcycle and he was European Formula 2 Champion in driving for former GP World John Surtees. Hailwood moved to Formula 1 but that of his racing career ended a crash in 1974 at the old Nurburgring

He retired to New Zealand with his legs after that but the appeal of the TT was too great for him to ignore and the as they say, and detailed is history.

The man was a motorcycle Grand World Champion nine including four back-to-back titles. The competition in Grand was stiff back in the day, Phil Read, Derek Jack Findlay, Alan Jack Ahearn, Fred Gary Hocking, and the aforementioned legend Giacomo Agostini, to but a few.

Agostini’s record is magnificent, winning 15 World in the 350cc class and 500cc During the five years 1968 and 1972, Agostini won the 350cc and 500cc titles in the season. He was eight times a title winner and, the rivalry between the two was cut short Hailwood retired after the season, I still believe if Hailwood had not hung up his leathers, wouldn’t have the winning he does.

To be perfectly fair to he also excelled at the TT. In 1965, the of Man saw the first appearance on the Mountain of the Italian legend. He went on to win 10 before his final appearance in

The battle between Hailwood on the and Agostini on the MV in the 1967 Senior TT is by many to have been the race ever at the TT.

It’s true that Agostini Hailwood twice for the 500cc title in 1966 and 1967 but he did so on an better motorcycle. The Honda Hailwood at the time was, speaking, a poor effort.

I believe that had Finish Jarno Saarinen not been along with Renzo at Monza in 1973, he would challenged the likes of Agostini, and Sheene for many of the titles run the mid-to-late 1970’s. Saarinen had won the title in 1972 and also won the 200 and Daytona races against vastly impressive opposition to the 1973 Grand Prix and he had already cemented a reputation for ultra-competitive and blindingly quick.


Who do you feel is the best GP of the 1960s . Send your for publication here (please, be Then check the site today to see your pick has published.

I have spoken to who were able to watch first-hand, and each and every one that a future Grand great was lost prematurely.

it has to be said that the main to Agostini’s MV Agusta, namely withdrew for many years the 500cc class, so Ago strolled to a few of his unchallenged. The title challenges the likes of Metisse, Seeley, and were no match for the might of MV In 1971, when Suzuki and fielded a stronger rider Agostini still won the title by 32 on the only MV Agusta in the field.

Still, the numbers don’t lie and has recorded that Agostini is one of the successful riders ever. Ago is in the MotoGP Hall Of Fame with Hailwood. They are two of the greats and real heroes of the both on closed roads and circuits alike,

How do you choose these two legends?

It’s a call but the small detail here goes toward my — that being Hailwood.

Over the course of his racing career Mike rode over 70 different throughout the classes from to 900cc and rode in, and won, all over the world, including As a personality, Hailwood was a quiet loved his Jazz music and time, and was the total opposite of one of the legends of British racing, Sheene.

A humble man even he was the son of a millionaire, a man who didn’t turn to the lifestyle because of that background, all Hailwood wanted to do was He did so when television coverage and coverage were almost of. He was massively versatile, supremely and a happily married man who was … in a car at the age of 42, a crash which also the life of his daughter Michelle. The world was robbed of a true

Of his era, in my opinion, Hailwood was the

That era is just as important The facts and figures are of great value to many, including MotoGP champion, Valentino Rossi is a dedicated study of the of Grand Prix. It intrigues him as it thousands across the globe. a respect for the depth of history in the broadens your enjoyment of racing in my view.

To use an analogy, knowledge is like a shopping You can window shop all you like but you really understand what any shop has to offer until you go and study every shelf.

II will feature the 1970’s and 1980’s and the changing face of Prix in terms of machinery, exposure and rider talent. We at the arrival of a certain Kenny and his great rivalry with Sheene, and a certain Freddie makes his mark also.

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